Javier de Juan Aracil, Vice-Director of Euronews Network
LYON, France (AP) _ Javier de Juan Aracil, a creator of the all-news television network Euronews, died Tuesday. He was 54.
Aracil, who was head of administration and finance for Euronews, died five weeks after being hospitalized in Lyon. The network did not give the cause of death.
The network said its Lyon headquarters would be named in his honor.
Euronews, which began broadcasting Jan. 1, 1993, is seen in 32 countries. Financed mainly by member countries, its reports are dubbed in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German, with Arabic to be added this year.
Its viewership by antenna and satellite dish grew to 56 million people Tuesday with the addition of the Italian station RAI3. It also reaches 12.6 million cable viewers.
Aracil went to work for public television in Spain in 1964, becoming its first reporter in Rome and directing numerous Spanish programs.
He was a delegate of the European Broadcasting Union and a leading member of the Organization of Ibero-American Television, which exchanges information between Europe and the Americas.
Aracil was to be buried in Spain.